Whether you've been planning for a career in healthcare since you were a child, or it’s a decision you made recently, you’ve probably known for some time that certain criteria must be met in order to apply to professional school.
As part of your application, you are required to upload a digital photo of yourself. It must be smaller than 100KB and be in one of the following file formats: jpg, gif, png or bmp.
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Extra Credit/Perspectives/Pre-Health Development
- Legal Name: Enter your first, middle and last names. All names must be capitalized properly. You will also enter any salutations or prefixes associated with your name.
- Other Names: If you prefer to be addressed by a different first name other than your legal first
name, you will indicate that information in this section. Also, if there are any other
last names listed on your academic records than what you have already entered, you
must indicate each additional last name and then click the [Add Name] button. Examples
include maiden names or hyphenated last names. If your last name changes, update TMDSAS
and provide documentation.
- Email/Phone: Indicate your email address. If you need to change your email address, do so through the [My Account] link in the upper right-hand corner of the application. Note that notifications of new messages from TMDSAS will be sent to the email address on file. Provide the cell phone number where TMDSAS and/or admissions officers can contact you. You will also provide your work phone number, if applicable. *Only enter domestic phone numbers, as the application does not recognize foreign numbers.
Don’t Miss Out on Important Emails!
To avoid missing important TMDSAS emails, turn the “spam” or “junk” email filters off during the application cycle. Periodically check your spam/junk email file for TMDSAS or school related messages.
Also, email addresses from Hotmail have proven to be problematic for applicants. It is highly recommended that you DO NOT use a Hotmail account as your preferred email.
Don’t Miss Out on Important Emails!
- Mailing Address: Enter all fields of the Mailing & Permanent Address section.
- Address 1 - Enter your current mailing address. TMDSAS and the schools you apply to may use this address to send you any correspondence.
- Address 2 - If needed, enter an apartment number or additional address information in this field. If not, leave this field blank.
- City - Type the name of your city.
- Country – Select your country from the drop-down menu.
- State - Select your state from the drop-down menu.
- County – Select the U.S. County of your mailing address from the drop-down menu (if applicable).
- Zip Code or Postal Code - Enter your zip or postal code.
- Phone number - Provide the phone number where TMDSAS and/or admissions officers can contact you.
- Permanent Address: Enter your Permanent Address information if different from your Mailing Address. If your Permanent Address is the same as your Mailing Address, answer “Yes” to the question “Is your Mailing Address also your Permanent Address?” and the information will pre-populate from what you entered under Mailing Address.
- Birth Information: Enter the following information.
- Date of Birth – Enter your date of birth in the following format: (mm/dd/yyyy).
- City – Enter the city where you were born.
- Country – From the drop-down menu, select the country where you were born.
- State/Possession/Canadian Province – Select the state, possession, or province where you were born.
- County – From the drop-down menu, select the U.S. County where you were born (if applicable).
- Hometown: The following questions refer to what you consider to be your “hometown”.
- City – Enter the city name of your hometown.
- Country – Select the country from the drop-down menu.
- State/Possession/Canadian Province – Select the state, possession, or province from the drop- down menu.
- County – From the drop-down menu, select the U.S. county of your hometown (if applicable).
- Approximate population – Select the approximate population range from the drop-down menu.
- Describe the area – Select: Rural, Urban, Inner City, Suburban, Military or Government Installation, or Other. (See glossary for definitions.)
- Primary language spoken at home - Select from the drop-down menu the primary language spoken.
- Sex: In this section you will indicate your sex, current gender identity, and preferred
- Ethnicity*: Indicate whether you are:
- Hispanic or Latino
- Not Hispanic or Latino
- Race*: Select one or more of the displayed racial categories that best describes you. For a detailed description of the racial categories, see race or ethnic group descriptions in the glossary.
- American Indian
- Black/African American
- Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
*Note:The two questions about Ethnicity and Race are voluntary, and applicants will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process if they are not completed. Additionally, Ethnicity and Race questions are asked for federal and/or state reporting purposes.
- Socioeconomic Background: You will respond to questions regarding your socioeconomic background. Refer to
the glossary for definitions as needed, such as "first-generation".
- Household Info from Birth to Age 18: You will also be asked several questions that pertain to the household in which
you were raised or spent the majority of your life from birth to age 18. If you moved
frequently during this time period, enter the information for the location you spent
the majority of your childhood.
- Language Fluency: Applicants will rank their proficiency in the different languages that they speak.
You will indicate whether you are a Beginner, Intermediate, or Expert/Native in that
language. It is important to know that this is self-reported, based on your own evaluation
of your language skills. The proficiency levels are described as follows:
- Beginner: I have limited conversational ability.
- For example, I may have limited vocabulary and the ability to participate in predictable and practiced conversations.
- Intermediate: I have advanced conversational ability.
- For example, I have the vocabulary to speak about a variety of topics and can engage in more spontaneous conversation in a variety of tenses, with some limitations.
- Expert/Native Speaker: I have native-speaker level fluency and can communicate easily
in academic and professional settings.
- For example, I am able to communicate in this language with ease and confidence. I have an expansive vocabulary and can easily and effectively communicate with a broad audience on a variety of topics and in various settings. This may also have been the primary language spoken at home.*
- Beginner: I have limited conversational ability.
You will answer questions concerning whether or not you have served in the United States Military. If you select YES, you will provide details about your service. Both commissioned and non-commissioned officers may choose to complete this section.
Additionally, you will have the option to answer the following short essay and upload a military transcript. If you have multiple military transcripts, please combine them into one PDF.
Essay: Describe how your military experience prepared you for a career as a healthcare. (1000 character limit)
- Parent/Legal Guardian
- You will have the ability to complete up to six entries for your parents/guardians.
Options include: Biological Parent, Adoptive Parent, Grandparent, Stepparent, Sibling,
- If you select 'Yes' for the question "Their address is the same as my permanent address," the system will generate your permanent address, including your phone number. The schools will not call your parent/legal guardian. If you want to change this information to their phone numbers, you may select 'No' to this question and add the phone number manually.
- You will have the ability to complete up to six entries for your parents/guardians. Options include: Biological Parent, Adoptive Parent, Grandparent, Stepparent, Sibling, and Other.
The member institutions find this information valuable and it may aid TMDSAS in making Texas Residency determinations.
- You will indicate how many siblings you have. You may include stepsiblings if you choose. You will then indicate the following for each of your siblings: Age, relationship (brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister), and if they have ever attended college.
- Important: You must select a number of siblings and answer the questions to move on.
If you are an only child, selct "0" from the dropdown menu. You must select "add sibling"
and hit "save and continue" in order to move on to the next section!
- Relatives in Dentistry – Dental Applicants Only
- The purpose of these questions is to demonstrate to admissions committees the extent
knowledge, background, and experiences with the dental profession. List any relatives who are
dentists, are in dental school, or who have studied or are studying Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting,
Dental Laboratory Technology or related dental fields.
- The purpose of these questions is to demonstrate to admissions committees the extent of your
- Parent Physician – Medical Applicants Only
- You will list any parent who is a physician (MD, DO, MBBS) or who is in medical school.
Did someone other than your parent/legal guardian play a significant role in your life?
You will have the ability to enter up to six significant people. Examples include: siblings, spouse, grandparent, or any family friend who made a significant impact in your life.
- College Funding Sources: You will enter the percentage of your college expenses provided by family, spouse, academic scholarships, financial need-based scholarships, loans, employment, or other sources. The total percentage must add up to 100%. For applicants with multiple degrees, you should base these answers on your undergraduate degree.
- Pell Grant: Indicate whether or not you are/were a Pell Grant recipient.
- Post-Graduate Living Expenses: If you have graduated college, you will also be asked to indicate the percentage of your living expenses provided by family, spouse, employment, or other sources. The total percentage must add up to 100%.
Felonies and Misdemeanors
You will be asked questions regarding any past or current felonies or misdemeanors. Specifically, you will be asked if you have ever been arrested or charged with any violation of the law regardless of outcome.
Unless the offense involved alcohol or drugs, you may exclude:
- Traffic tickets, and
- Violations with fines of $250 or less
If you answer YES, you will have 600 characters to provide details. Remember that unless the offense fits one of the above exceptions, it must be reported to TMDSAS. If you have doubts about whether or not to report something, it is best to err on the side of full and honest disclosure.
You've completed the sections of the application regarding Personal Information and now you're ready to answer some questions about your Education History.
The next section is a pretty dense portion of the application, so pace yourself. Read all the questions and instructions thoroughly.